David Crane's Amazing Tennis

a game by Absolute, and David Crane
Genre: Sports
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 6 reviews, 7 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: David's Games
David Crane's Amazing Tennis
David Crane's Amazing Tennis
David Crane's Amazing Tennis
David Crane's Amazing Tennis
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: May
  • Theme: Sports

Tennis Anyone?

After making its debut on the Super NES, David Crane's Amazing Tennis has finally appeared on the Genesis!

Choose the type of court that you would like to play on. Select from grass, clay and hard court surfaces.

If you choose tournament play, you will have a chance at over a dozen internationally ranked players. Play alone or against a friend; either way you'll definitely have your hands full! Practice up on those serves and backhands because David Crane's Amazing Tennis will be bouncing into stores everywhere!

Download David Crane's Amazing Tennis

Genesis Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

SNES Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

With features like incredible graphics and true-to-life sound, you'd expect David Crane's Amazing Tennis by Absolute to blow other tennis games off the court. Unfortunately, however, once you get past the amazing light and sound show, Amazing Tennis is amazingly shallow.

Love at First Sight

Amazing Tennis has impressive features. The graphics are fantastic. It uses a unique playing perspective, showing all game play from behind and slightly above one player. The character sprites are larger and more detailed than you'd expect from a sports game. From the near court, you actually leave the ground on powerful serves. When you hit the ball crosscourt, your foot drags for balance.

The sound capabilities are outstanding. Digital samplings of an umpire's voice sound off realistically after every point. If you whack the ball hard enough, you'll hear it hit the chain link fence. If you hit your opponent squarely, he'll let out an "umph!"

Some of the game play is great. You can choose between four different strokes: a soft slice, a hard topspin, a lob, or a dropshot. With the joypad, you can also control the direction you hit the ball.

ProTip: Throw your opponent's I timing off with a lob shot.

Break Point

With all of this detail, it's hard to imagine that Amazing Tennis is anything but amazing. Unfortunately, the game skimps on game play.

After playing your first game on the near court, it seems as though you've netted a winning game. However, once you change ends and play on the far end of the court, it's nearly impossible to judge the distance from your player to the ball. In some tennis games, you can judge the height of the ball by the size of its shadow. In Amazing Tennis, the net obstructs the view of the far court, making it difficult to judge the ball.

For a Killer Serve, press B and tap the directional pad in the direction diagonally opposite to the side you are serving into.

When you run your character to make a saving shot, you inevitably hit the ball off the court because your joypad is pointed in that direction. Timing your serves drives you crazy. You'll need plenty of practice.

Rush the net and volley the ball. The risk is almost always rewarded with a point in your favor.

Image Is Everything

This game is worth checking out for its graphics and sound capabilities alone, but don't expect to be intrigued with its playability. This game makes tennis an amazing challenge.

From an amazing 3-D perspective, you and a partner can enjoy round after round of intense tennis on grass, clay, or concrete courts.

This game is a tennis emulator. Not that amazing but not bad either. It's possible to start a new season or a single match. You view the court from behind the player. The controls are easy enough but do require several skills.

Have you ever wanted to master the game of tennis, nail the perfect serve, or brag about your amazing backhand? Well you can enter a world where all of this is possible just by playing David Crane’s Amazing Tennis. In this power packed tennis game, you can learn the ins and outs of tennis from the comfort of your own living room without ever setting foot on a court. The game allows you to compete against fifteen different opponents that are computer controlled which will help you to improve with every stroke. You can decide between varied modes of game play to suit your every mood. Increase your skills as you progress in the game by learning a multitude of tennis strokes and ways to make your shot. Developed by Atlus Software, this skill building tennis adventure is a one or two player capacity game. Since its release in 1992, it has been compatible with SNES and Sega Genesis gaming platforms.

Gamers have seen many tennis simulations, but nothing comes close to the graphics and control of "Amazing" Tennis. It was developed by David Crane, who is truly amazing in his own right! He's one of the finest game makers to ever program a pixel, and after playing tennis for over thirty years, he has come up with his most realistic tennis simulation yet.

David offers three different courts to choose from: hard for regular play with true bounce, grass for faster games and erratic bounces, as well as clay for slower games with higher bounces! You can have either head-to-head competition with a friend or choose a computer opponent. You'll also find tournament play for each of the courses, and if you win, you'll receive a real prize by mail. So, if your looking for hot tennis action, then get ready for David Crane's Amazing Tennis!

Expanding on the number of sports games available for the Super NES, Amazing Tennis attempts to recreate the game and provide a wide variety of options to any would-be Agassi's! Game play is presented in a nicely sculpted three-quarter angle that provides plenty of mobility and a nice look. Three difference court types are available, with solo or head-to-head contests available.

People say:

7.0

I'm not a big fan of video tennis, but this game is appealing, especially in the head-to-head mode (where most sports game excel). As a solo match, however, Amazing Tennis is still an attractive game that features decent graphics and good sound support. If tennis is your game, there isn't much here that should offend you.

6.0

Unlike many of the other sports, there isn't a whole lot to do in a game of tennis. The actions are rather predictable and easy to learn. The graphics are very well done and the control is very responsive though it will take some practice to really get good. Of all the tennis games out there, this is easily one of the best.

7.0

First of all, I don't get into playing enhanced ping-pong. This is a very good tennis cart and is very close to the real sport. The graphics are well done and the animation is great. It takes a while to get used to the game play, but overall it responds well. A decent effort that should please most sports enthusiasts.

7.0

Amazing Tennis is not exactly my favorite game to hack at. With the hard to learn play control, most will toss the game through the window in frustration long before they learn even the basics. True, after weeks of practice you may begin to win a couple of games, but only the patient will triumph.

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